Limosella australis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaScrophulariaceaeLimosellaLimosella australis


An annual to short-lived perennial of mudflats and saltmarsh pools, occurring as scattered plants or in dense swards. Reproduction by seed occurs, but plants spread mostly by stolons. Lowland.



World Distribution

Oceanic Boreo-temperate element; in Europe restricted to Wales, but widespread in coastal regions of eastern N. America.

Broad Habitats

Littoral sediment (includes saltmarsh and saltmarsh pools)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1608

Life form information

Height (cm): 4

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Far-creeping by stolons in illuminated medium

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 6

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.